Age Level: 10 to 12
Activity Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Materials: Bible, bandages, fine-tipped
permanent markers, and 3x5 cards
Help kids experience this lesson on forgiveness as they think
about Jesus' suffering on our behalf.
Have preteens form a circle. Give kids each a marker and a 3x5
card, and ask them to think about the times they've been hurt by
someone else's actions. As they think of those times, have them
draw a symbol of the hurt on the 3x5 card.
Read aloud Matthew 6:14. Ask, "Why is it sometimes difficult to
forgive someone who's caused you pain? Has someone else forgiven
you for hurting him or her? Explain. How did it feel to be
forgiven? How does it feel to forgive someone else?"
Have kids cross out the symbols that represent anyone they've
honestly forgiven and count the remaining symbols. Give each
preteen a bandage for each remaining symbol, and have kids write
each symbol for a hurt they haven't yet forgiven on a bandage.
Form pairs. Have kids help each other put their own bandages on
their faces, arms, and legs-wherever skin is exposed. Then have
kids leave their bandages on for the remainder of the class.
Say, "These bandages remind us of those we haven't yet forgiven.
It's true that the longer we wait to forgive someone, the harder
and more painful it is for us. Jesus forgave all our sins and he
tells us to forgive those who sin against us."
Just before class ends, have partners remove each other's
bandages and pray together for a heart for forgiveness. Then thank
God for forgiveness and for Jesus' great sacrifice.
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